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11 awesome achievements by the Department of Energy in 2011

Energy Secretary, Steven Chu
January 10, 2012
Re: Year in Review

 

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter the New Year and move forward with our efforts…(it’s) important to take a moment to reflect on the progress we have made.

Across the complex, our workforce is reducing nuclear dangers, expanding the boundaries of science and innovation, and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.

We’re working together like never before to seize the technological lead in everything from batteries to biofuels to solar energy.

I thought I would share a few of the things we have accomplished together:

 

  • Our investments in wind and solar power have put the country on track to double renewable energy generation from 2008 to 2012.
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  • Overhauled and re-launched our website, Energy.Gov, to better communicate with the public.  Just recently, GovLoop named the new Energy.gov the top Federal website of 2011.  The Department’s website reform efforts are expected to save more than $10 million annually.
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  • We also started Powerpedia, a Department of Energy wiki-like site, that facilitates information sharing among employees.
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10 biggest movie flops of 2011 – feel like losing a hundred million?

  1. Mars Needs Moms – budget $150 million, gross $39 million
  2. Conan the Barbarian – budget $90 million, gross $48.8 million
  3. The Big Year – budget $41 million, gross $7.4 million
  4. The Rum Diary – budget $45 million, gross $21.6 million
  5. Anonymous – budget $30 million, gross $14.8 million
  6. The Thing – budget $38 million, gross $27.4 million
  7. Sucker Punch – budget $82 million, gross $89.8 million
  8. Arthur – budget $40 million, gross $45.7 million
  9. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie – budget $9 million, gross $18.7 million
  10. I Don’t Know How She Does It – budget $24 million, gross $30.5 million

*Note: studios pay the budget but split the gross with the theaters

via The Hollywood Reporter

 

10 Top grossing movies of 2011 – nine sequels and one animation movie

Not very strong year for original content with nine sequels topping on the list, but a great year for cashing in on franchises.

The final Harry Potter movie set several records, including the biggest single-day domestic gross of $92.1 million and best worldwide debut of $481.5.

Rio, the only non-sequel on the list, caps off a big year for animation studios with four movies in the top 10.

  1. $1.3 billion – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. $1.1 billion - Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  3. $1.0 billion - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  4. $663 million - Kung Fu Panda 2
  5. $648 million - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  6. $626 million - Fast Five
  7. $581.5 million - The Hangover Part II
  8. $562.4 million - The Smurfs
  9. $551.9 million - Cars 2
  10. $484.6 million - Rio

*Figures represent worldwide gross

see the top 20 at The Hollywood Reporter

Don't forget last year – 2010 – top YouTube videos

As we ring in the new year don’t forget about the best videos of last year, 2010.

YouTube’s Top 10 of 2010

  1. BED INTRUDER SONG!!!
  2. TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke – Key of Awe$ome #13
  3. Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi
  4. Annoying Orange Wazzup
  5. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
  6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10
  7. OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version
  8. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – Trailer
  9. Jimmy Surprises Bieber Fan
  10. Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome

Don’t forget last year – 2010 – top YouTube videos

As we ring in the new year don’t forget about the best videos of last year, 2010.

YouTube’s Top 10 of 2010

  1. BED INTRUDER SONG!!!
  2. TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke – Key of Awe$ome #13
  3. Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi
  4. Annoying Orange Wazzup
  5. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
  6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10
  7. OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version
  8. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – Trailer
  9. Jimmy Surprises Bieber Fan
  10. Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome